On Noticing and Startling: The Short Story (Autumn 2018)

On Noticing and Startling: The Short Story (Autumn 2018)

Study with two celebrated writers, to learn the various poetic techniques that can also be used in writing short fiction.

According to Raymond Carver, “It’s possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things … with immense, even startling power.” In this course we will be exploring affinities between poetry and the short story, and study the different devices, approaches and effects writers have used in their prose to create a short fiction. What relationship does the short story have to the prose-poem, and what is that form’s relationship to fables, haibun or the set-ups to punchlines? How much work does that tricksy hyphen in the word ‘prose-poetry’ actually demand? For this course we will consider the ways in which writers including Ali Smith, Jack Spicer, Francis Ponge and George Saunders approach both narrative and poetic language in their work, and through workshops examine how notions of time, place, pace and characterization can be best represented in your writing.

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays 6.45pm – 8.45pm, starts 2 October.

All classes will be in our new offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

About Eley Williams and David Hayden View Profile

Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. Her poetry pamphlet Frit was published by Sad Press in 2017. Her collection Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press) was named among the Best Books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New Statesman and Shortlisted for the 2018 James Tait Black prize and won the Republic of Consciousness Prize. She is editor of fiction at 3:AM Magazine and currently works as the Writer in Residence at the University of Greenwich. In June 2018 she was elected as an RSL Fellow.

David Hayden was born in Dublin and lives in Norwich, England. His writing has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Granta online, The Dublin Review, Egress and PN Review and been read on BBC and RTÉ radio. A book of stories titled Darker with the Lights On was published by Little Island Press in the UK in September 2017 and will be published in North America in May 2018 by Transit Books.

The Poetry School creates communities through its courses, bringing together like-minded writers to share and discuss work. I have made several friendships through the courses which have moved into real life friendships, and without fail every online course I have taken has broadened and expanded my view of writing, inspired me to try new things, to take more risks in a safe and supportive space.’

– Autumn 2017 Survey response

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